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post #1 of 6 Old 04-15-2010, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Fixing a frayed seam on FG Kil 4 jacket

Thought i'd leverage the collective. I have a FG Kilimanjaro jacket. The area on the RHS where the fabric holding the shoulder armour is oversewn into the jacket material has been rubbing on the velcro patch used to hold the collar shut. I guess I hadn't noticed it but the edge of the seam has frayed into a number of frayed vertical-standing threads. After examination, I found that the seam itself is still fine and I cut off the frayed bits.

I was thinking of applying a thin layer of some kind of sealant to the seam to better bind down the fabric to stop further fraying but can't figure out what is best to use. I've discarded any form of cement or superglue since it doesn't always dry clear.

Anyone ever run into this and how did you solve it. ? To prevent it, I just cut a loose piece of mating velcro and applied it to the velcro patch on the neck so all I have to do is pull it back a little and use the mating piece on the throat collar when I ride. (my neck size is large enough that the collar portion wont completely cover the mating piece when closed- that is what I think caused some rubbing to begin with). This eliminated any of the male velcro from rubbing on the shoulder.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-15-2010, 10:05 PM
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You might look at seamgrip
http://www.mcnett.com/Seam-Grip-Seam...pair-P133.aspx

dries clear... if a bit shiny. Side effect in your case is that it's waterrproof. You can usually find it at REI, Bass Pro, and other places of the like.

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Thanks, I'll look for that as an headed down our local BP on Sunday - to see if there's something in fishing tackle I just can live without.

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I noticed the EXACT same thing on my Killi 4. I just trimmed the excess strands off and they haven't returned as bad. Obvious manufacturing defect but the jacket has been out of warranty for at least 6 months.
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A similar problem on my Hein Gericke, using a BIC lighter VERY carefully, I was able to melt the polyester fibres just enough that the fraying stopped. Still holding a year later.

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Appreciate the responses - glad to see I'm not the only one. I like the cut, slash, burn and seal approach......I've trimmed mine already and problem hasnt come back in the few rides I've taken. I did end up using some clear sealant - a very tiny amount - used to seal stitching on my waders and so far so good. Velcro is a great idea, until it catches on all the stuff you don't want it to catch on.

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